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The Great Library Brain Boost: Library Workshop Programme 2017

The Library Workshop Programme contains 1 hour practical workshops focusing on general information literacy skills

For the full 2017 programme and booking options, see below.

Programme

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Strictly Business Data - finding company and industry reports​

The workshop will focus on the business research databases available at Aston University and how you can use them to research for company profiles, market context, competitor insight, future trends analysis, SWOT analysis and industry reports.

Monday 6th November

13:00-14:00

Nicola Dennis

Aston Replay
Advanced Literature Searching

Are you having difficulty finding good quality academic sources to use in your assignments? This session, primarily aimed at undergraduates, will help you get the most of Smartsearch and point you in the direction of other useful databases and sources of information. We will cover;

• Decide where to find the best research

• Think about keywords

• Devise a search strategy that works

• Start finding resources you’ll use

• Know where else to go for help

Monday 6th   November

17:00-18:00

Richard Hopkins

Lecture Slides

Reality check: fake news and the age of misinformation

This session will focus on the importance of fact-checking your information sources and equip you with the skills to differentiate between fake and fact.  You will learn how to find reliable information when researching and how to evaluate your sources.  Join this session and improve your information literacy - identify fake news in this age of misinformation.

Tuesday 7th  November

12:00-13:00

Kerstin Treder

Aston Replay

Cite it! Sort it! Making Endnote work for you

Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world.

Tuesday 7th November

13:00-14:00

Clare Langman

Aston Replay

Getting more out of Google

There are tricks to getting more out of your Google search. You probably know the basics, such as searching for exact phrases using quotations marks, but what about the more complex stuff? The session will look at advanced operators, additional tools and why you shouldn't say "I found the answer on Google".

Tuesday 7th November

17:00-18:00

Sarah Akhtaruzzaman

Aston Replay
Getting more out of Google

There are tricks to getting more out of your Google search. You probably know the basics, such as searching for exact phrases using quotations marks, but what about the more complex stuff? The session will look at advanced operators, additional tools and why you shouldn't say "I found the answer on Google".

Wednesday 8th November

12:00-13:00

Sarah Akhtaruzzaman
Aston Replay

Strictly Business Data - finding company and industry reports​

The workshop will focus on the business research databases available at Aston University and how you can use them to research for company profiles, market context, competitor insight, future trends analysis, SWOT analysis and industry reports.

Thursday 9th November

12:00-13:00

Nicola Dennis

Aston Replay

Cite it! Sort it! Making Endnote work for you

Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world.

Thursday 9th November

13:00-14:00

Clare Langman

Aston Replay
Reality check: fake news and the age of misinformation This session will focus on the importance of fact-checking your information sources and equip you with the skills to differentiate between fake and fact.  You will learn how to find reliable information when researching and how to evaluate your sources.  Join this session and improve your information literacy - identify fake news in this age of misinformation.

Thursday 9th November

17:00-18:00

Kerstin Treder

Aston Replay
Assignment Surgery Come along to this informal session with any questions you may have on searching for information for your assignments, referencing or how to structure your assignments.

Friday 10th  November

12:00-13:00

Nicola Dennis
Clare Langman
LDC - Learning Advisor
 

There isn't a recording for this workshop as it was a drop in session

Advanced Literature Searching

Are you having difficulty finding good quality academic sources to use in your assignments? This session, primarily aimed at undergraduates, will help you get the most of Smartsearch and point you in the direction of other useful databases and sources of information. We will cover;

• Decide where to find the best research

• Think about keywords

• Devise a search strategy that works

• Start finding resources you’ll use

• Know where else to go for help

Friday 10 th November

13:00-14:00

Richard Hopkins

Lecture Slides